Sunday, November 29, 2015

Pumpkin Vanilla Parfait

Smells evoke emotion.  I am  a fan of scents like vanilla, cinnamon, and just about anything else that is reminiscent of baking. I am adding humidity to my randomly heated NYC apartment by keeping a pot of water simmering on the stove with allspice in it. It adds a holiday aroma to the house plus keeping my skin hydrated (along with the 80oz+ of water I drink a day) and generating a little heat.

It is no surprise that I read an article, Eat vanilla yogurt, be happy, says research discussing scientific research on the connection between foods taste and fragrance with satisfaction. [1] Ask a foodie, we could have told you that decades ago!! There are many articles and books on the topic too.  Below you will find a recipe for a Pumpkin Vanilla Parfait will will evoke some happy, relaxing aphrodisiac. [2]

The article also discusses the satisfaction fat bring to a sense of satiety and perhaps considering it a taste sent along with bitter, sweet, salty, sour and umami. (TVeg did a blog on umami back a few years ago - click to read). TVeg will investigate in a future blog. Still use non fat Greek yogurt in this recipe.  By adding your own vanilla, you reduce the amount of sugar that is found in most vanilla yogurts.  Read your labels and compare.
Visit That's Vegetarian  to prepare any one of the dishes and you'll find yourself saying "That's Vegetarian?!" 

Pumpkin Vanilla Parfait
2 c non fat plain Greek yogurt
1T vanilla
1t maple syrup (opt)
2/3 c canned or fresh pureed pumpkin
1/2 c granola
1/4 c pomegranate seeds

Mix the yogurt, vanilla, and maple syrup together. Place about 1/3 of a cup in 2 bowls or parfait glasses. Add 2 heaping T of pumpkin to each. A sprinkle of pomegranate seeds and granola. Repeat layers until complete.  

Serving size 1 1/2 cup
Serves 2
Prep time 7.5 minutes

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